Saturday, July 15, 2006

Speaking Tarotish

An interesting thing happens when you come to know and speak tarot language. You start associating things, people, and events to the cards. It helps if you limit this kind of talk to those familiar with the archetypes, otherwise people will look at you really oddly when you say, "I feel so 10 of swords today...what is up with that?" However, this is a really effective way to more deeply understand the cards. By associating them to your daily life and the people you interact with, the cards come alive and you begin to understand how they relate intimately to the lives and experiences of those you read for as well. It takes you out of the book and into life, seeing connections played out in real life. It causes you to recognize that the Devil could be that piece of chocolate cake you didn't need at lunch or it could be something much bigger. The large and the small, the esoteric and the mundane, they're all represented in some way in those 78 cards.

My friend, Chloe, and I often do readings together, and as we discuss our lives "tarotish" is interspersed frequently.
"Could she be more a
Magician? Gotta watch out for her pulling a fast one."
"I know, but she's an amateur. Not even a good shell game."
"Still, and just dealing with her is such a
5 of swords thing, I can't win no matter what I try."
"Yeah, better to just drop it and walk away."
"Yeah, I definitely have to be the
Page of Swords here and just watch out for her. Ugh. How do I get out of this?"
"Well, you could be more
9 of pentacles, you know."

Did that make sense to you? If you're a tarotist, it probably did. The rest of you, you're on your own.
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